Oh, Gelbart! WGA fete set

Larry Gelbart, whose credits include everything from the TV series “MASH” to the movie “Oh, God!” to the play “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” will be honored by the Writers Guild of America on Jan. 28 in a “Tribute to the Writer,” given by the union for a lifetime of career excellence.

Gelbart, who has written for radio, theater, film and TV, will be feted by actors and collaborators from his career in a program hosted by Bill Maher. It also will include readings from his plays. The event will start at 7:30 p.m. at the WGA Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive.

Gelbart, who began his career at age 16 as a staff writer for radio’s “Maxwell House Coffee Hour,” has won WGA Awards for “Oh, God!,” “Movie Movie” and “Tootsie,” as well as the guild’s special Laurel Award in 1981. He won Oscar nominations for the screenplays of “Oh, God!” and “Tootsie,” as well as Emmys for “MASH” and “Barbarians at the Gate.”

He also has become well-known as a master of the one-liner. One of his best is about working with younger and younger executives: “I do occasionally find myself talking to a fetus in a three-piece suit.”

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